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Stackyard News Aug 07

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Kilnsey Show Goes On

Kilnsey Show, the biggest one-day agricultural show in the country, goes ahead as planned next Tuesday, August 28.

photo courtesy Craven Herald & Pioneer

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The event, one of the best known of its kind in the northern calendar, attracts competitors, exhibitors and visitors from near and far, and was until recently in jeopardy following the latest foot and mouth outbreak.

While there has been no option but to cancel sheep and cattle classes, organisers Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society, have pulled put out all the stops to ensure that the 109th show and sports, staged in the shadow of the famous Kilnsey Crag, north of Skipton, proceeds on schedule.

Show chairman Robert Lambert stressed: “The main message we want to get out there is that the show goes on. We’ve raised £25,000 this year, which will ensure that the event remains a true showcase for Uplands farming.

“To compensate for the loss of sheep and cattle, we have laid on some top-notch last minute new attractions, including the Yorkshire Xtreme Trials Motor Bike Display Team, dog-and-ducks gathering and special displays by the emergency services.

“There is little doubt that Kilnsey Show once more promises to be a day for all the family and we again look forward to welcoming regular and new visitors.”

All-day horse events – show jumping, shires, hunters and harness racing – will be supported by displays of vintage tractors and agricultural machinery, a dry stone walling competition, angling demonstrations and birds of prey showpiece.

In addition, a vast array of local produce and handicrafts will fall under the spotlight, plus 90 trade stands and 40 food stalls. The annual sports include the celebrated – and tortuous - Kilnsey Crag race.

A major highlight this year is the launch of the Food and Farming REAL showcase, which shines the spotlight on the vital role and positive contribution hill farming communities make to modern-day life. It will allow visitors to gain a valuable insight into the importance of the Uplands and what happens behind the scenes – from the view you see to the food on your plate.

REAL stands for all the different areas to which hill farming communities contribute - Rural & Regeneration, Education & Environment, Agriculture & Arts, Local & Leisure. The REAL marquee will see demonstrations taking place throughout the day, along with a number of guest speakers, including local farmer Roy Nelson, star of “The Real Emmerdale” television series.

To be officially opened at 9.30am by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, REAL also features a Northern Dales Farmers’ Market marquee packed with local food and drink producers, a Cookery Theatre with demonstrations by leading local chefs, plus an arts and culture marquee showcasing farming, rural crafts and skills.

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